Nitty-gritty meaning

nĭtē-grĭtē
(slang) The actual, basic facts, elements, issues, etc.
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Nitty-gritty is slang for the basic facts, key details or most practical aspects.

Knowing the date, time and place of a party are an example of the nitty-gritty of planning a party.

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The specific or practical details; the heart of a matter.
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(colloquial) The essence or core of something; the details.

He gave a short summary without getting into the nitty-gritty of the problem.

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Origin of nitty-gritty

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Uncertain, said to have been used at first by black jazz musicians, perhaps ultimately from reduplication nit and grits (finely ground corn), from Old English grytt, grytta (“coarse meal").

    From Wiktionary